Honda has offered enthusiasts a first look at the new Civic Type R.
FASTER THAN EVER
No drivetrain details are currently available, but Honda does state that this new Civic Type R will be its most powerful yet, so you can expect this new Civic Type R to dish out in excess of 320bhp.
For context, that’s enough to give owners of the 302bhp Mercedes-AMG A35 and 306bhp Audi S3 Sedan something to worry about.
All this power will come courtesy of a 2-litre engine, here paired to an improved 6-speed manual transmission with a rev-matching system.
The output will also go to the front wheels alone, despite the proliferation of all-wheel-drive amongst its rivals.
Not that it should be much of a handicap. The final development prototype of the Civic Type R already holds the production-car front-wheel drive track record at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan.
SLEEKER THAN EVER
On the outside, this new Honda Civic Type R has lost much of the flamboyance of its predecessor in favour of a sleeker overall design.
The massive front scoop on the bonnet has now been replaced with a more discreet vent, while the busy side intakes have been simplified for this new model.
And at the rear, a tall rear spoiler and the iconic triple exhaust system are both still present.
However, the former has lost its complicated vertical elements, while the latter now has one larger central tailpipe.
This new Honda Civic Type R will be available in five striking colors. The historic Championship White remains, but buyers can opt for hues that include Rallye Red, Boost Blue, Crystal Black Pearl and Sonic Grey Pearl.
SPORTIER THAN EVER
Step inside and you’ll find the honeycomb pattern dashboard of the regular Honda Civic still present in the Type R.
A fully digital instrument cluster gets a Type R-exclusive layout here.
It has been designed to give the drive all necessary driving information from just a quick glance, with the engine rpm display, rev indicator lights, and gear position indicator all placed at the top.
There’s also a new red on the sports seats here, chosen so as to emphasise the use of high-friction Suede-like upholstery that will come handy in hard driving situations.
Red will also adorn the seats, carpet, and various trim pieces of the cabin.
More details of the new Honda Civic will be provided later in the year. We expect they will be revealed alongside the 60th anniversary celebrations of the opening of the Suzuka Circuit.